Revolutionizing Iran (And The MSM), One Tweet At A Time

05/25/2011 01:30 pm ET

It's been a crazy week, and it's only Wednesday! Since their election on Friday, Iranians have been burning up the Twittersphere, drumming up support abroad and organizing protests internally. Why has Twitter suddenly gone political? Finally appreciating the service, Ted exposes his luddite roots, and Teresa helpfully explains why Twitter is so difficult to block, even in a country like Iran. (It's basically impossible to stop people from sharing information on the Internet.)

So will people start relying more on Twitter for their news? Is this a shift for journalism? Can citizen journalists do a better job of covering things like the Iranian protests? CNN and the rest of the MSM certainly could've done better this weekend - check out the #CNNfail hashtag or the anger during the #140conf in New York - but couldn't professional news organizations be doing more to use services like Twitter? The wisdom of the crowd is great, but who's going to fact check all the information coming out of Twitter? Couldn't it be the MSM interpreting and confirming this massive output of information?

Most of us are aggregators and distributors on Twitter anyway, and that shouldn't be confused with actual in-depth, critical, original journalism. It's like a game of "hot potato" with information. Some people cast this as MSM vs Social Media, but that's a false argument, as our Prez likes to say. Aren't Twitter feeds, as Maegan suggests, just like AP/Reuter wire services in some ways?

We also talk President Obama's lame attempt to appease the gay community, which sounds more like a fundraising stunt than anything else, and that ridiculous Letterman-Palin feud over the last week. (Does anyone even care about the Alaskan Governor anymore? If we stop talking about her, will she cease to exist? Kind of like Alf?)

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Wilshire & Washington, the weekly Blog Talk Radio program that explores the intersection of politics, entertainment, and new media, features co-hosts Ted Johnson, Managing Editor of Variety; conservative blogger Teresa Valdez Klein (, and liberal blogger Maegan Carberry ( The show airs every Wednesday at 7:30am PST on